Governor Sam Brownback’s 2011 initiative:
The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic was designed to draw regional and national attention to hunting tourism in Kansas. “My top priority is to grow the state’s economy. Key to that is capitalizing on the competitive advantages our state has,” Governor Brownback stated. “Kansas is consistently ranked as one of the top three states in the country for pheasant hunting. This is an underutilized asset for our rural communities. If we do a better job telling folks about the quality of hunting available here in Kansas, we will pull more of those tourism dollars into Kansas.” The 2011 inaugural hunt and the 2012 hunt were hosted by the town of Oakley. Starting in year 2013, the hunt began a rotation among several northwestern communities.
The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic:
The Ringneck Classic, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation in the state of Kansas. The Classic is committed to contributing to Northwest Kansas, the youth of our communities, habitat improvement and land conservation. Event proceeds support the Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation.
The Classic Club:
The Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic offers past hunt participants the opportunity to join the “Classic Club”, an exclusive lifetime club for our alumni members. Classic Club members receive a yearly invitation to the hunt.
The Northwest Kansas Conservation Foundation:
The foundation was created by the Kansas Governor’s Ringneck Classic to support habitat improvement and wildlife conservation in Northwest Kansas. The foundation works locally to improve awareness, enhance public hunting access and champion wildlife habitat projects. In addition, the foundation annually funds a college scholarship awarded to a student majoring in a related field.
The Ringneck Classic Board of Directors:
The Ringneck Classic board is made up of members representing Northwest Kansas. Sharing the vision put forth by Governor Brownback in his 2011 initiative, the members are committed to the mission of promoting hunting, wildlife habitat and land conservation in NW Kansas.
Jim Millensifer – VP Operations, Chance Management, Colby, KS
Raelene Keller – Farmer/Entreprenuer, Oakley, KS
Kellie Day – Kellie’s Inc, Hill City, KS
Jerry Robben – The Manor, Oakley, KS
Scott Anderson – Patriots of Praise, Hays, KS
Administrator: Laurie Millensifer, Buffalo Bill Cultural Center, Oakley, KS 785-671-1000